Image:Universidad de Alcala.jpg|thumb|250px|The plateresque facade of the university (R. Gil de Hontañón, 1543)
Image:Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)-School of Architecture 2.jpg|thumb|250px|Roofed courtyard of the School of Architecture.
The '''University of Alcalá''' () is a public university located in Alcalá de Henares
, a city 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Madrid
and also the third-largest city of the region. Originally founded in 1293 as a General Studio
for the public, and later refounded in 1977 the University of Alcalá is especially renowned in the Spanish-speaking world for its annual presentation of the highly prestigious Cervantes Prize
The University currently enrolls 28,336 students, 17,252 of whom are studying undergraduate degrees which are taught by a teaching staff of 2,608 professors, lecturers and researchers belonging to 24 departments. The University is also proud of its...